Life Expriences & Quick Officer Question

#1
I applied for soldier last year but was medically deffered for a year for a knee Injury. Although that should be sorted as my doctor said nothing is wrong.. so I decided to go college and I am currently in progress of getting my AS - Levels (half an A - Level) although after I get my 180 UCAS points, I want to apply for Officer as a non graduate and hopefully get into the Parachute Regiment but I am starting to worry because I am hearing this "Life Exprience" subject alot and I pretty much have nothing besides Army Cadets, GENSB 2009 (National Tug of War) and thats it xD
I have just come from Secondary School therefore don't know much about where to start to get Life Expriences..
So I was wondering if some current officer could inlighten me of what they did when they was in my situation?

Also a quick question, I know the requirments for Officer and I do currently have all of them except the UCAS points (obviously) and GCSE Science although I did fail Core Science, I did pass an optional AQA GCSE subject, which was called "Additional Science" which I passed with a C.
Do you think they would accept my Additional Science?

Thanks in advance for your help :]
Regards,
Liam :D
 
#2
Ignoring your shit grammar, crap spelling, use of smilies and appalling sentence structure, have you looked at volunteering? Time spent helping out a notable charity will look good on your CV. Any physical challenges you could take up? Take the 3 peaks challenge, for example. Alternatively why not become an an instructor in something like kayaking, or mountain climbing? All the skills you gained combined with the fitness benefits will stand you in good stead. Do your college do a trip to a 3rd world country, building a school or something along those lines?

Get out and find things, there's plenty about, and it'll be worth it.
 
#3
I didn't think my grammar, spelling or sentence structure was that bad.
Thank you for the information, I have looked into these suggestions and have found many useful links.
 
#5
Well I guess I will have to shape up on my English. Thanks for the advice.
Give me a break though, I failed English the first time and then got a B, the second time.
 
#6
If yer up for yer A levels you would be better orf joining Para reg as a Soldier
 
#7
If yer up for yer A levels you would be better orf joining Para reg as a Soldier
Why do you say that?
Surely if I have the requirments for Para Reg - Officer then I might as well give it a try. Other than trying for soldier which the requirments are counting to 10 (which means I've wasted 2 years in college).
 
#8
Other than trying for soldier which the requirments are counting to 10 (which means I've wasted 2 years in college).
Don't be a twat mate.

I've got 10 GCSEs, 2 A levels, a BTEC and assorted other meaningless quallies. And about 6 years of "life experience" out of the school/parents umbrella.

Yet, I start as a Soldier tomorrow. Becuase I know that I'm not yet a leader of men. I've gained this knowledge through my life experience, and wouldn't as you say "give officer a go" and inflict myself on a platoon of men just cos I had the requisite quallies. I think it's about a lot more than that.

There a plenty of SOLDIERS on here who can "count to ten" who will offer you all the advice you need, provided you show some humility and respect.
 
#9
Why do you say that?
Surely if I have the requirments for Para Reg - Officer then I might as well give it a try. Other than trying for soldier which the requirments are counting to 10 (which means I've wasted 2 years in college).
And the winner for biggest cock this week goes to TemplarI. Go ask Sandy if he can count to 10, guessing he would be after sparking you out...
 
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#11
Two very good friends of mine are 'just' soldiers. They both have Ph.D.s from very respected universities. All squaddies are thick, right?
 
#13
Well I guess I will have to shape up on my English. Thanks for the advice.
Give me a break though, I failed English the first time and then got a B, the second time.
Bear in mind that at the moment the Officer route is highly competitive with the majority of applicants being graduates or older, with plenty of life experience and academic qualifications to boot. Not to say you won't make it - but at 18 with just college and cadets experience you are going to have to be the very best candidate to shine.
 
#14
Bear in mind that at the moment the Officer route is highly competitive with the majority of applicants being graduates or older, with plenty of life experience and academic qualifications to boot. Not to say you won't make it - but at 18 with just college and cadets experience you are going to have to be the very best candidate to shine.
Thank you for your views. I will have to improve my CV considerably. I thought the army was quite desperate for junior officers to be honest - I've seen dozens of officer recruitment adverts.
 
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#15
From speaking with people who run this stuff, the problem is that the application rate is going up and up, but the average quality is going down. Westbury are passing just as many officers as before, but selecting from a larger pool - remember they select to a standard, not to a quota. What needs to happen is the quality of the applicants to increase.
 
#16
Liam,

You have come on here for some advice; unfortunately you have made an untoward remark and ruffled a feather or two along the way!

Get down to your careers office and book an initial appointment. Providing you don’t regale them with your view on the educational standards required to be a soldier, they will help you decide as to which route would suit you best – that is what they are there to do.

My english is not great, please be aware neither is yours and if that is your best effort it will be a serious disadvantage to you at AOSB, there are many soldiers out there with a command of the english language that is comparable to yours, several better.

By the way how the **** do you go from failing a subject to getting a B in it?
 
#17
@Gromvillebromhead
Thanks for your reply and sorry for the late reply, I didn't think there was any new posts.

Yeah I know I have pissed people off although I'm still young, I'm learning from my mistakes and desperately trying to improve my English.

I guess it was the first thing that I failed therefore I didn't want it to happen again. After some hardcore revision, I achieved a B although it seems I have a much bigger obstacle to overcome if I ever want to dream of becoming a paratrooper officer - starting from watching what I say and how in what manner I present it.
 
#19
Here's a thought, stay at college to get A levels (as it reads as if you're stopping at AS), go to uni (bankrupting yourself in the process), maybe a gap year and then apply. Or apply when in that process. Yes, it's a given that all students are wasters and do nothing but get shit faced and bunk lectures (although I don't remember it being quite like that if you didn't want it to be).

As for your english - don't worry - for some reason lots of people on here (who it often appears don't have much experience themselves or who aren't even in the army yet...) seem to get very excited about grammar, sentence construction and english. Good on you for asking the original question, getting some backs up and having the humility to admit you'd made a mistake and wanted to know what more you could do.

If you don't want to get a degree (be all you can be and all that) then be prepared to be competing against all those stereotypical officer candidates - captain of their school rugby team, 1st from Oxbridge, volunteered in the rain forest feeding pygmy tribeswomen their manhood and all that stuff, probably also did OTC for some military flavour - as you've identified, going in with school, cadets and some AS levels that scrape the requirement may make you appear - on paper at least - a weaker candidate.

Caveat that with the fact that that is the whole point of Westbury - to identify those that have the POTENTIAL to become an officer. If they think you've got the right stuff, they'll move you forward. If they think you have "it" but lack something else, they'll steer you to the solution. Lastly if they think you don't have it at all, you'll get the big tablet of disappointment.

Have a think about your options - also feel free to PM, but generally you probably haven't got any questions people haven't seen, you just might get a fair amount of (light hearted?) abuse along the way!
 

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